Litigation Writs 21/01/97

A man from Strood in Kent, who was severely injured when a heavy gate fell on him at work, is suing his former employers. John Kindness, 49, received nine fractured ribs and further fractures to his collar bone, sternum, left ankle and other injuries in the accident on 7 August 1993, according to his writ. Now he is suing Veetee Rice, of Strood, Kent, and gate supplier Gilmer, of Lewes, East Sussex, which on 25 April 1994 were convicted by North Kent Magistrates of offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The writ says that the accident happened when Kindness, a works engineer, was leaving work. As he closed the heavy steel gates one fell on top of him.

Writ issued by Cheek Lesson, South Harrow, Middlesex.

Serviceman Clive Fletcher, from Street in Somerset, who says he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the Royal Navy in the Falklands conflict, is suing the Ministry of Defence for comp- ensation. The writ claims his condition was caused by negligence and breach of duty on the part of the MoD to diagnose and treat him for it after the conflict in 1982.

Writ issued by Sheratte Caleb, London EC4.

Eastbourne man Paul Tully has issued a High Court writ claiming damages from Dr John D Barnes, also of Eastbourne, claiming he suffered hearing loss following Barnes' prescription of the drug Otosporin on 3 September 1990. The writ alleges the drug caused Tully to suffer complete and bilateral deafness.

Writ issued by Stephen Rimmer & Co, Eastbourne.

The owner of a ship which collided with gas and methanol pipes and power lines near Humberside last year is going to the High Court to ask a judge to limit its liability for compensation. The Kandilousa collided with the pipes and lines at Spurn Head, near Humberside, on 13 September 1996. But now her owner, the Liberian-based Kandilousa Shipping Corp, has issued a writ against Britoil, Conoco (UK), Saxon Oil, Santa Fe Exploration (UK), BP Exploration Operation Co and British Gas, the owners and operators of the lines, and any other person who is entitled to claim damages because of the collision. The company is seeking to have its liability limited in respect of the loss and damage arising from the accident.

Writ issued by Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, London EC3.